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Key Facts

Full name
Gary Colling

Known as
Gary Colling

Born
17 March 1950 (age 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 34d
Last game: 31y 11d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 87 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 32, 12

Recruited from
Frankston (1968)

Gary Colling

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1968-1981265490.1844%8.974.482.858
Total1968-1981265490.1844%8.974.482.858

AFL: 8,014th player to appear, 188th most games played, 2,041st most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 1,140th player to appear, 9th most games played, 135th most goals kicked

Solid and unspectacular, but immensely reliable, Gary Colling gave the St Kilda Football Club loyal and committed service in 265 VFL games between 1969 and 1981. He joined the Saints from VFA side Frankston, and soon attracted respect as one of the hardest defenders to beat in the league. Highly determined and relentless, he also boasted an attacking side to his game, made manifest most noticeably through his creative use of handball. As a consummate team player it was highly appropriate when he was made St Kilda captain in 1978, but he only spent a year in the job. In his later years he began to spend more and more time on the ball, where his strength, courage and wholehearted determination were unleashed to good effect. After retiring as a player, Gary Colling continued to serve the Saints in a variety of off-field roles.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.